Kwara State Government has ordered immediate temporary closure of some schools in Ilorin, the state capital, pending resolution of the hijab question in the affected schools.
This was disclosed in a statement signed on Friday February 19, 2021, by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Mary Kemi Adeosun.
According to the statement, “The decision was reached after a meeting held by a committee comprising representatives of the Muslim and Christian communities.”
The meeting was called to address the differences between the two parties.
The state government therefore called for calm and urged parents and religious leaders to avoid actions or comments that may further split the two parties.
The affected schools are C&S College Sabo Oke, ST. Anthony College, ECWA School, Surulere Baptist Secondary School, Bishop Smith Secondary School, CAC Secondary School and St. Barnabas Secondary School.
Others are St. John School Maraba, St. Williams Secondary School and St. James Secondary School.